My summit tribute to cancer victim mum
PUBLISHED: 16:16 20 January 2010 | UPDATED: 10:03 12 August 2010
A WOMAN who lost her mum to cancer is appealing for people to take part in a sponsored event to raise money for a nursing charity. Bromley resident Kathryn Betts made a gruelling three-day trek in the Moroccan mountains last year to raise money for Mari
A WOMAN who lost her mum to cancer is appealing for people to take part in a sponsored event to raise money for a nursing charity.
Bromley resident Kathryn Betts made a gruelling three-day trek in the Moroccan mountains last year to raise money for Marie Curie, which provides support for people with life-threatening illnesses in their own homes.
She now wants other people to get involved in this year's events, which can include anything from runs, treks, triathlons and cycle rides to swimming, walking and dancing.
Ms Betts said: "I was doing it for my mum and there were lots of fellow trekkers in the same boat, which meant we all developed a really strong bond and shared our experiences. At the summit we had a minute's silence to remember our loved ones, which also made it very special.
"Although it was only a three-day trek, it was a challenge. The altitude affected people and the days were very long too. The guides were great and everyone worked together to get to the top on summit day. We really relied on each other for support and motivation."
People taking part are expected to fundraise beforehand but Ms Betts said that should not be daunting. "Raising the money was really fun," she added. "We did a Dirty Dancing- themed party, which raised about £2,000."
One of the new challenges on offer this year is the Tri Jordan experience, where participants trek, cycle or horse ride across Jordan to Petra.
Marie Curie nurse Miranda Stanley said: "Last year, 46 Marie Curie nurses in south-east London cared for patients with terminal cancer and other illnesses in their own homes, totally free of charge. We can't do this without the generous support of those who raise funds for us. One hour of care can be funded by £20." To take part, contact fundraiser Russell Benson on 0207 599 7773, telephone 08700 340 040, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/challenge or email firstname.lastname@example.org.